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It was not easy to take this photo. It took 5 days to walk here including the last day which began at midnight and ended here 6 hours later - Uhuru Peak at 5895 metres is the highest peak of Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa.

Each morning at sunrise trekkers converge at this point from the various routes up Kilimanjaro. They are exhausted but exhilarated and will be effected to some extent from the reduced oxygen at this altitude. They will congratulate each other, watch the sunrise and then queue to have their photos taken in front of this famous sign. Many will have messages to loved ones or placards of sponsors to include in their photo. They will have been keeping their cameras warm under their goretex jackets and will be relieved if they haven't frozen up. They will be so thrilled that they are amongst the 60% of trekkers who attempt this trek who do succeed in making it to the summit.

Then within an hour of their arrival they will turn around and begin the 2 day descent.

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